For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward. — 2 John 7-8 NKJV
Men, John tells his readers that many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not acknowledge Jesus as the Christ who came in the flesh. This was a particular sect of teachers called the Docetists. This sect taught that Jesus did not have a body, but only appeared to be a man. John went as far as to call them “antichrist”, which he defined earlier as anyone who did not confess Christ as Lord, Son of God the Heavenly Father.
John encourages his readers and we also, to cling to the truth that he had worked for so that we may all receive a full reward. Similar heresy exists today. We hear that Jesus was a “good man” and that His teachings are good to follow. Brothers, that sounds pleasant but it falls blasphemously short. Jesus was far more than a “good man”. He is our only path to the Father. His teachings are more than good principles, they are Life and Bread, Living Water.
Such incomplete pictures of Him leave us looking for more and too often that is where the enemy swoops in to steal us away. This salvation, and the equipping of the Holy Spirit which has been made available to us is far too valuable to allow ourselves to be swept away in false narratives.
Move forward men, adhering to the full truth of Jesus as Lord, Savior, King, Friend, Redeemer and more. He is a remarkable figure in history, but He is more, He is indispensable in every way important to mans life and eternity. Don’t settle for a piece of Him as though He were a drive thru snack. He invites you deeper, to sit at His banquet table where a feast is spread out for you.
Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one. — 1 John 5:5-8.
Everyone Fathered by God conquers the world, but how? With what power, means, or tool do we “conquer”? Our faith! Our faith that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that His Word is true. Jesus Christ is the One who came by water and blood. Water and blood are historically used to speak of Christ’s baptism where God spoke out of the heaven, and Jesus’s death and resurrection. He is the only One to be buried and raised both ways. How do we know this? This happened 2k years ago. How can we be sure? Evidence of Jesus existence is overwhelming, but in all the searching and digging, no one has found His body.
But that isn’t enough. The Holy Spirit testifies of the truth. The Spirit, the blood and the water all agree, that Jesus is in fact who He said He was: The Son of the Most High God. That should be good news for us who believe. Our faith assures us victory over the powers of this world. But it’s not an entirely blind faith. While blood and water are testimonies we have recorded in history, the Spirit is alive and within our own hearts. Our hearts know that He is the Son because the Spirit of God our Father resides in our hearts and testifies of His truth and goodness.
Brothers, we don’t have some “old time religion”, we have the living Lord of Hope within, empowering us for all the victories Christ died to grant us. No wonder we hear it said, “open the eyes of our hearts Lord”.
Move forward men, without defeat. This world may leave its marks on us, but our eternal victory is secure in Faith. Faith is perspective. Faith in Jesus is having the perspective of Jesus. If we believe Jesus could conquer, and we believe His Spirit is within us, we can conquer all that Jesus conquered.